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Single Idea 23262

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / A. Basis of a State / 3. Natural Values / c. Natural rights]

Full Idea

Personal experience, social sympathies, and history together licence laying claim to rights …which we see to make good mutual as well as individual sense.

Gist of Idea

Experience, sympathy and history are sensible grounds for laying claim to rights


A.C. Grayling (The Good State [2020], 6)

Book Reference

Grayling,A.C.: 'The Good State' [Oneworld 2021], p.137

A Reaction

There are no such thing as natural rights, but there are clearly natural grounds on which it is very reasonable to base a claim for legal rights. If positive rights are just arbitrary, or expressions of power struggles, that is crazy.